- Mark my words;
- Obituary – Bernie Styris;
- Awards and acknowledgements;
- Learning opportunities;
- NZ Post – 2014 results;
- Club news;
- Profile – Terry Isaac.
Mark my words
A few words from NZPF President, Mark Benvie
In the last newsletter I referred to the fact that, as a national body, many of NZPF’s functions and responsibilities are quite different to those of local stamp clubs and societies. NZPF and all member societies share the same ultimate objective – to advance generally the enjoyment of philately – however the objectives of NZPF are, necessarily, focussed at a national level rather than a local or regional level.
As membership of NZPF itself is restricted to philatelic societies, clubs and associations (unlike, for example, the American Philatelic Society which is a national body that individuals belong to), responsibility for getting new members along to clubs and societies lies with the local clubs and societies. It is the local clubs and societies around NZ who are best placed to offer the activities, services and fellowship that meets the particular needs and interests of philatelists in their area.
It should really go without saying that NZPF supports and encourages any efforts made by our NZ clubs and societies to maintain existing members and to gain new members. To this end, and as one of the stated objectives of NZPF is to “promote friendly relations, goodwill and good fellowship” among member societies, we would be especially keen to hear about and publicise any initiatives that member clubs and societies have found to be useful in attracting new members. Beyond this, I believe that we all in fact have, as individuals, an interest in promoting our hobby.
From a personal perspective I sometimes wonder if we, as collectors, do ourselves a disservice by not promoting to others the historical, social and aesthetic aspects of what we collect. I am as guilty of this as anyone. However, I have often been amazed at the reaction from non-collectors when I explain what I collect in terms of the connection between history or society and my ‘stuff’ rather than to simply say, in a somewhat shrinking way, I collect stamps! I suggest that you try this it out next time you get the opportunity, you too may be surprised at the reaction you get and there is always the chance of someone else being introduced to the hobby that provides each of us with so much enjoyment.
I can be contacted by email anytime – firstname.lastname@example.org
After only two editions it is with regret that I have had to relinquish my hold on the reins of this newsletter, with a career opportunity in Australia forcing a relocation which makes it impractical to continue in the role. On a personal note I would like to thank all of those in the NZ philatelic community who have supported me in my development as a collector, administrator, exhibitor and judge and wish NZ philately all the very best for its future.
Obituary – Bernie Styris
Bernie Styris passed away on 11 June 2014. Bernie’s friendly personality and rapport with anyone he met meant he was much loved within philatelic, flying and bowls circles.
As a philatelist he was a collector with a diverse range of interests, which saw him publish a well-received book on NZ Wage Tax Stamps and contribute significantly on the subject of CALs in the latest RPSNZ Handbook. He was a passionate member of the Waikato Society, holding executive positions since the early 1990s, and a wonderful club night speaker who travelled across the North Island to give talks.
He will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by his family and his wide circle of friends and philatelic acquaintances.
Awards and acknowledgements
NZPF Youth Philatelist of the Year 2014
Frank Watter’s Award
The Frank Watters Award is an annual award made by the Taranaki Philatelic Society in recognition of an individual’s contribution to postal history or junior philately.
This year’s winner, nominated by the South Auckland Philatelic Society is Tim Beach. Congratulations Tim!!
Tim Beach presenting Amy Rosenfeldt with the Rob Hunt Trophy at the recent Youth Stamp Camp in Auckland.
|An abbreviated copy of their nomination is as below;
Tim Beach has been involved with youth philately for 23 years, being involved with organisation of the first stamp camp for youth in 1991. Since then he has been a leader at numerous stamp camps and actively involved in the organisation of youth philately at a national level. He has also been an executive member of the Philatelic Youth Council, initiating the Fun Philately publication when it was in magazine format.Tim has encouraged many young collectors to achieve at national level with their exhibits and many have gone on to exhibit overseas. Tim supports youth exhibitors by helping source exhibit material, providing specialised literature, liaising with other adults who specialise in the same field as the collector, providing workshops for exhibiting techniques and obtaining sponsorship from clubs, dealers, charities and individuals so collectors can attend camps Tim is also a national philatelic judge, and has been a commissioner and judge for overseas exhibitions.Currently Tim is the Leader of City of Sails Youth Stamp Club and Chairman of the Philatelic Youth Council.
Learning opportunities and Exhibitors’ Seminars
There will be two judges and senior/invited exhibitor seminars run in October, in Auckland (11 October) and Wellington (18 October). These are aimed at ongoing skill development of our judges and also to provide senior exhibitors with an opportunity to contribute and ask questions. The program this year includes a discussion on Modern Philately, a new focus of FIP (the international parent body of organised philately) as they seek to establish a suitable time period for this category of exhibiting. In PhilaKorea the Modern exhibits were restricted to >80% of material from the 21st Century, while other countries use time periods of up to 50 years.
NZ Post – 2014 results (NZ Herald 29 August)
New Zealand Post, the state-owned mail delivery service and trading bank owner, reported a 12 percent fall in annual profit as shrinking mail volumes were offset by gains in its Kiwibank and parcel businesses.
Revenue fell 1.6 percent to $1.66 billion, with domestic letter volumes shrinking 7 percent to 642 million and forecast to drop below 500 million in the next three years. Kiwibank lifted net profit 3 percent to $100 million on fatter interest margins and lower provisioning for bad debts.
“The changes we have made are starting to flow through in our financial performance and we expect further improvements from these changes over time,” chief executive Brian Roche said. “However, the continuing decline of letter volumes here and overseas and a highly competitive environment for banking and parcels means we cannot afford to take our foot off the accelerator.”
NZ Post is grappling with the continued slide in the volume of letters posted as consumers switch to the internet, email and social media for everything from paying bills to sending birthday greetings and keeping in touch with loved ones. It embarked on a major transformation programme last year, slashing its workforce and putting greater emphasis on growing its banking business.
Roche told a briefing in Wellington the mail service had clamped down on costs, reducing headcount by about 450 in the year, with the next big reduction to come in July 2015 when the frequency of delivery is reduced. Group expenditure fell 7.2 percent to $1.51 billion in the year.
The North Shore Philatelic Society’s Annual Competitive exhibition will be held this year on Saturday 4 October at the usual venue of the St George Church Hall, Takapuna. The exhibition has a competitive section for one- and two-frames for adults and 8- and 16-pages for youth entries. The high achievers are recognised with the relevant one of a number (15) of fine trophies the club put up for this event and if a club has four or more entries it qualifies for consideration towards the Inter-Club Trophy.
North Shore is looking to have more than 30 competitive entries and would welcome interest from any philatelist who wants to exhibit. Entries are judged under the auspices of at least one National judge and a mark sheet and critique will be returned with the exhibit so the exhibitor can get some meaningful guidance about the future development of their exhibit.
Exhibitors who are exhibiting their exhibit at Baypex can be assured they will receive their entry back from North Shore in sufficient time to meet Baypex’s bin room requirements.
Entry forms are available by emailing the club at email@example.com and must be received no later than 26 September.
South Auckland 50th Anniversary
The Ambury Shield will be held on Saturday 8 November in the usual venue, Fairfield Baptist Church Hall, Heaphy Terrace, Hamilton. South Auckland are the host society.
Exhibiting classes have changed from recent years with a postcard class now included.
- Traditional New Zealand, 4 or 8 pages – One issue or one topic displays of NZ stamps
- Traditional Commonwealth, 4 or 8 pages – One issue or one topic displays from any Comm. country
- Traditional Rest of World, 4 or 8 pages – One issue or one topic displays of any other country
- Modern, 4 or 8 pages – Philatelic material of any country or on any topic, issued since 2000
- Post Cards, 8 pages – Pictorial post cards
- Postal History, 8 pages – Studies of postal routes, rates, and postmarks
- Thematic, 8 pages – Subject displays using a wide variety and range of world philatelic material
- Open, 8 pages – Subject displays with both philatelic and up to 50% non-philatelic material
- Other, 8 pages – Displays not otherwise provided for
e.g. revenues, cinderellas, aerophilately, postal stationery, polar, maximum cards, FDCs etc
The speaker is Denise Rosenfeldt on ‘Z519 AK-TIM 11 Aug 1962